The New A&E Network Drama ‘Bates Motel’ to Debut in March January 7, 2013 Bates Motel, FX, News The A&E network will debut the new original scripted drama series Bates Motel – the prequel (of sorts) to the classic box office film ‘Psycho’ on March 18 at 10/9c. The series comes from executive producers Carlton Cuse (‘Lost’) and Kerry Ehrin (‘Friday Night Lights’) and is expected to give viewers an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates’ – to be played by Brit actor Freddie Highmore, best known for his work in the films ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘Finding Neverland’ – psyche unravels through his teenage years. Fans will have access to the dark, twisted backstory of Norman Bates and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma – to be played by actress Vera Farmiga, best known for her work in the films ‘Up in the Air’ and ‘Departed’), truly is. Other members of the cast include Max Thieriot (‘House at the End of the Street’), Olivia Cooke (‘The Secret of Crickley Hall;) and Nicola Peltz (‘The Last Airbender’); and co-stars will include Nestor Carbonell (‘Lost’ and ‘Ringer’) and Mike Vogel (‘Pan Am’). In ‘Bates Motel’, following the tragic death of her husband, Norma Bates buys a motel on the outskirts of the idyllic coastal town of White Pine Bay, seeking a fresh start. As Norma and Norman get ensconced in their new home, they discover this town isn’t quite what it seems, and the locals aren’t so quick to let them in on their secrets. But the Bates’ are done being pushed around and will do whatever it takes to survive – and will do whatever it takes to protect their own secrets. The series is produced by Universal Television for A&E Network; and, again, will debut on March 18 at 10/9c.